Linguistics 333: Human language and animal communication systems
UNC-Chapel Hill Linguistics
Spring 2021
Elliott Moreton

2021 May 10 (M): FINAL EXAM DUE

2021 May 6 (Th): Final exam available

2021 May 5 (W)

Project presentations

2021 May 3 (M)

Topics: Wrap-up and robin clinic.

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2021 April 30 (F)

Topics: Innately constrained iterated learning and the emergence of species-typical patterns.

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2021 April 28 (W)

Topics: Innately constrained learning in humans

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2021 April 26 (M)

Topics: Do vervet monkeys have a lexicon?

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2021 April 23 (F)

Topics: Vocal production learning in non-human primates

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Assignment for 4/28 W: Read Berent et al. 2008, with reading guide (on Sakai). Once again, please write short answers to the reading-guide questions and upload as .pdf or .txt file to Sakai dropbox by noon on 4/28 W. (Will count as final 1/3 of a homework.)

2021 April 21 (W)

Topics: Critical (sensitive) periods in birdsong and language acquisition.

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2021 April 19 (M)

Topics:The auditory-template model of birdsong acquisition.

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Assignment for 4/21 W: Read Newport 2002 on sensitive periods in human language acquisition.

2021 April 16 (F)

Topics: Developmental stages of birdsong. Closed- vs. open-ended learners.

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Assignment for 4/19 M: Please write up brief answers to the questions at the end of today's slides as preparation for Monday's discussion of the auditory-template model.

2021 April 14 (W)

Topics: Natural evidence for learning: Song dialects

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2021 April 12 (M)

Topics: Unlearned songs

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Assignments for 4/16 F: Record one robin!

2021 April 9 (F)

Topics: Context for the acquisition unit.

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2021 April 7 (W)

MIDTERM 2: Combinatorial structure

Assignment for 4/9 (F): Use some "device" that you have access to to record some sound outdoors. Here is a page of freeware recording apps. Not for a grade, just to see if you can do it.

2021 March 31 (W)

Topics: Inadequacy of finite-state machines for human syntax. Context-free phrase structure grammars and context-free languages.

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Announcement: Midterm 2 will become available on Monday the 5th at 2:30 p.m. It is due back on Wednesday the 7th at the end of class.

2021 March 29 (M)

Topics: Combinatorial complexity: The limits of finite-state machines.

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Assignment for Wednesday, March 31: Read Chomsky 1957, Ch. 3, with reading guide (on Sakai). Think about why the examples in (10) on p. 21 are not recognizable by finite-state machines.

2021 March 26 (F)

Topics: Combinatorial syntax with compositional semantics in nonhumans?

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Reminder: Midterm 2 will be on Wednesday, April 7th.

2021 March 24 (W)

Topics: Combinatorial syntax and compositional semantics.

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Announcement: Midterm 2 will be on Wednesday, April 7th.

2021 March 22 (M)

Topics: Combinatorial structure of primate vocalizations, as exemplified by the titi monkey Callicebus moloch (Robinson 1979).

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2021 March 19 (F)

Topics: Finite-state modelling of vocalization structure.

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Assignment for 3/22 M: Read Robinson (1979) on Callicebus moloch with reading guide (both on Sakai Resources).

2021 March 17 (W)

Topics: Finite-state syntax in birdsong. In-class problems using JFLAP.

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Assignment for 3/19 F: HW 5 (FSMs for Black-Capped Hummingbird, Flammulated Attila)

2021 March 15 (M)

Topics: Finite-state syntax in birdsong. In-class problems using JFLAP.

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Assignment for 3/19 F: HW 5 (FSMs for Black-Capped Hummingbird, Flammulated Attila)

2021 March 10 (W)

Topics: Finite-state syntax in birdsong. Discussion of Honda & Okanoya 1999 reading. In-class problems using Praat.

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Assignment: For Monday, March 15: Read Kroodsma 2005:255-267 (song syntax in the Hermit Thrush), and listen to the accompanying sound file. Note use of words "senior honors thesis".

2021 March 8 (M)

Topics: Structure in vocalizations.

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2021 March 5 (F)

Topics: Comparative-phonetics midterm. Hockett's "design features"

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Assignment for 3/8 M: Read Catchpole & Slater 2008, Ch. 8, through end of Section 3 on p. 215 (Sakai).

2021 March 3 (W)

MIDTERM 1: Primate and avian phonetics

Assignment: for 3/5 F: Read Hockett 1960, with reading guide (both on Sakai Resources)

2021 March 1 (M)

Topics: Songbird phonetics: Syringeal source and suprasyringeal filter.

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2021 Feb. 26 (F)

Topics: Non-human primate vocal potential. Songbird phonetics, Part I: Respiration and the syringeal sound source.

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2021 Feb. 24 (W)

Topics: Vocal tracts and phonetic potential of living non-human primates.

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2021 Feb. 22 (M)

Topics: Potential vowel space of living non-human primates.

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2021 Feb. 19 (F)

Topics: Reconstructing phonetics from fossils.

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2021 Feb. 17 (W)

Topics: The laryngeal source in humans and other primates.

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2021 Feb. 12 (F)

Topics: Perturbation theory and the human vowel space.

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Assignment for 2/19 F: Read Lieberman (2007) with reading guide (both on Sakai Resources).

2021 Feb. 10 (W)

Topics: Discuss sheep/lamb HW. Perturbation theory.

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Assignment: Talk with your partner, especially about the future.

2021 Feb. 8 (M)

Topics:Nodes and antinodes of schwa. Beyond schwa: perturbation theory.

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2021 Feb. 5 (F)

Topics: Human vowel space.

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2021 Feb. 3 (W)

Topics: Laryngeal resting position and lowering in red deer (Fitch & Reby 2001).

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2021 Feb. 1 (M)

Topics: Position of the larynx in humans and other mammals.

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2021 Jan. 29 (F)

Topics: Resonances of a half-open tube; formants of schwa.

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Announcement: Office hours will be Th 1-2 and F 2:15-3:15 (right after this class)

Assignment for 2/1 M: Read

2021 Jan. 27 (W)

Topics: Source/filter theory. Empirical filtering properties of half-open tube.

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Assignment for 1/29 F: Read Johnson 2012, Ch. 2, Sections 1, 3, and 4. This simulation may help (W. Fendt).

2021 Jan. 25 (M)

Topics: The source-filter model of mammalian vocal production. The larynx and phonation. f0. The glottal wave.

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2021 Jan. 22 (F)

Topics: Using Praat. The waveform display. Measuring duration and fundamental frequency. Fourier analysis and the spectrogram display.

Before class: The assignment from last time involved downloading this audio file. Make sure you have it, and open it up in Praat.

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2021 Jan. 20 (W)

Topics: Course organization. Praat. Intro to sound.

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